Regardless of the NRR (Noise Reduction Rating), no hearing protection can do its job if not used correctly. Inserting earplugs or fitting earmuffs is easy, but it never hurts to remind your employees of the proper procedures.
Here are four important things to keep in mind, regardless of which form of ear protection you choose:
- Avoid overprotection in minimal noise environments. Consider noise levels and your need to communicate with coworkers or hear warning signals on the job.
- Inspect earplugs for dirt, damage or hardness, and discard immediately if they are compromised.
- Regularly inspect earmuffs for cracks and leaks in the cushions. Discard immediately if they are visibly damaged or compromised.
- Choose a form of ear protection that is comfortable for the user. Workers who are uncomfortable are more likely to cut corners and use ear protection improperly.
Looking for more tips? Download our free two-page guide on how to fit earmuffs and insert earplugs: Ear Protection Fitting Sheet